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In the present edition of Edmund Spencer's works no attempt has been i either to modernize the Poet's language or to furnish the reader wit] eclectic text. I have been simply content to reprint the earliest known tions of Spenser's various poems, correcting here and there some few e that have crept into them, by a careful collation with subsequent editions, i of which were published in the lifetime of the poet. For an account of ti with their dates of publication the reader is referred to the Biograph Memoir. Appendix I., at the end of this volume, contains all the most portant variations from the original editions, and will enable the critical rea to judge favourably or otherwise of this part of my work, in which I h received some assistance from the previous labours of Church, Jortin, Wart and Todd, as well as from the excellent editions of Professor Child and I J. P. Collier. This present edition is the only modern one that contains a faith reprint of the first edition of the Daphnaïda, by means of which I have be enabled to present a text free at least from one error that appears in eve edition after 1591.*
The prose Treatise on Ireland, as printed by Sir James Ware, and follow | by all recent editors, was found on examination to be very inaccurate ai incomplete.f It seemed scarcely fair to Spenser's memory to let this sing piece of prose remain in so unsatisfactory a state. I have therefore re-edite it from three manuscripts belonging to the library of the British Museun
1893 Cip &
* The edition of 1596 and all subsequent ones read
"I will withdraw me to some darksome place,
Or some deere cave.' Some editors have proposed to read dreere for deere, but deepe, the lection of the first edition, is in telligible enough.
† The title itself as given by Ware is incorrectly stated. All the manuscripts, as well as the entry on the books of the Stationers' Company, read 'A View of the PRESENT State of Ireland,' but, curiously enough, the word 'present'is omitted in all editions that I have seen.
The text itself is from the Additional Manuscript, 22022, the oldest of the
In compiling the Glossary I have endeavoured to make it as complete
In Appendix II. will be found Spenser's Letters to Gabriel Harvey, reprinted